There are about 2 million new cases reported annually in the United States of America for sexually transmitted diseases. Milton, Massachusetts has over the years recorded increasing new diagnosis. Chlamydia is the most common STD, although there are other diseases such as gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomonas, herpes, hepatitis and HPV among many others.
According to a report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, new chlamydia infection increased from 206 cases in 1997 to 529 cases per 100,000 persons in 2017. The cases in women were almost twice as much as that of men. Syphilis’ new infection increased from 4.0 to 6.2 cases per 100,000 from 2011 to 2015. Gonorrhea is ranked 42nd among the 50 states with 56.6 cases per 100,000 persons.
The report points out that young adults and adolescent as the most vulnerable population; between 15 and 24 years of age making up half of chlamydia infections. Young women are severely affected twice as much as men. There are also high prevalence rates of STDs among people of the Black race, American India and Hispanic compared to Whites and Asians.
Massachusetts States Health Department has established various community-based programs that are scalable, easy to monitor and effective in the STD scourge widespread. There are also educational, outreach and awareness programs that have had a significant impact in STD prevention and control.
Some of the health clinics that provide STD screening services include the Marketplace Medical Centre in Milton, ON, [email protected] 3350 based in Burlington and Jane Street Sexual Health Clinic in York, ON just to mention a few.
Local clinics may offer free STD screening. However, provision of services is not always guaranteed because most clinics may be income based and tests results might take long time before they are released.